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Friday, April 24, 2009
Jones, Barber lead class of '97 homestand

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rd.
Pick '97 Draftee Currently on an NFL Roster
Drafted By (Currently With)
1
1
Orlando Pace
Rams (Bears)
1
3 Shawn Springs
Seahawks (Pats)
1
6 Walter Jones
Seahawks
1
8 James Farrior
Jets (Steelers)
1
13
Tony Gonzalez
Chiefs (Falcons)
1
21
Renaldo Wynn
Jaguars (Redskins)
1
28 Trevor Pryce
Broncos (Ravens)
1
60 Darren Sharper
Packers (Saints)
3
66
Ronde Barber
Bucs
3
86 Bertrand Berry
Colts (Cardinals)
3
91 Mike Vrabel
Steelers (Chiefs)
3
95 Brad Maynard
Giants (Bears)
4
98 Derrick Mason
Titans (Ravens)
4
112 Ryan Tucker
Rams (Browns)
6
169
Al Harris
Bucs (Packers)
6
193 Grady Jackson
Raiders (Lions)
7
229 Jason Ferguson
Jets (Dolphins)

The Tony Gonzalez trade from Kansas City to Atlanta leaves Walter Jones and Ronde Barber as the only 1997 NFL draftees still with their original teams.

Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell was the Bucs' college scouting director when Tampa Bay drafted Barber. This week, Ruskell listed Barber among the choices with which he was proud to be associated. Among the others: Brandon Mebane, Leroy Hill and John Lynch.

"They didn't care about where they went in the draft, and they became good football players," Ruskell said. "You got to give credit to the player. It makes you feel good, too, that you did something a little extra."

The Bucs also drafted Al Harris in 1997. Harris and Barber are among 17 players from the 1997 class still active. The Seahawks, Rams and Bucs each drafted two of those players. Note that eight of the 17 were first-round choices.